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  • FIRST-PERSON: Russian Bear awakening to morality

    02/08/2014 11:05:26 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 2-7-14 | Kelly Boggs
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- God once used a donkey to alert a wayward prophet that he was on the wrong track. Could it be the Lord is using a bear, a Russian Bear, to do the same with the nations of the West, in particular the United States? "Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values," Russian President Valdimir Putin said in his state of the nation address in mid-December, The Washington Times reported. Putin continued, "Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in...
  • God, Aristotle and Cleveland

    12/26/2013 12:36:45 PM PST · by Dick Bachert · 7 replies
    Vanity | 12/26/2013 | Dick Bachert
    “Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” Aristotle "The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.” Aristotle Many of the troubles America now faces have their genesis – among many others – in the violation of God's laws for individuals and society, generally, and, specifically, those two observations by Aristotle. Aristotle and his philosophical brethren also understood that some humans lack the ability control themselves and...
  • Waiting for the 8th

    12/16/2013 1:27:07 PM PST · by LittleSpotBlog · 32 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/15/13 | Eli Saslow
    "I bet it was better in the days of Martin Luther King, for real," Tiara said. "At least back then people were angry. They were doing something. How do they expect us to live? We got no jobs, no opportunities, and now they're cutting our benefits? What's Obama doing, for real? How can you be a good president when half of your own city is like this? Yo, Mr. President! We're here, right under your nose, living, struggling, going nowhere."
  • America and the Culture of Vulgarity—No End in Sight

    12/12/2013 7:47:29 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | 12-12-13 | Albert Mohler
    The collapse of the barrier between popular culture and decadence has released a toxic mudslide of vulgarity into the nation’s family rooms—and just about everywhere else. There is almost no remote corner of this culture that is not marked by the toleration of vulgarity, or the outright celebration of depravity. Lee Siegel has seen this reality, and he doesn’t like it. “When did the culture become so coarse?,” he asks, adding: “It’s a question that quickly gets you branded as either an unsophisticated rube or some angry culture warrior.” Siegel wants us all to know that he is neither unsophisticated...
  • Five years ago today, one of my heroes died

    08/03/2013 8:21:25 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 48 replies
    Sam Storms ^ | 8-3-13 | Sam Storms
    Five years ago today, August 3, 2008, one of my heroes died. I never met him, but I think I know him. Of one thing I’m certain, the influence exerted on me by Alexander Solzhenitsyn is incalculable. It’s difficult to explain the personal impact of Solzhenitsyn. He was such a massive figure in the public eye and provoked controversy (the good kind) throughout the course of his life. He was born on December 11, 1918, in Kislovodsk in southern Russia. Toward the end of WW II, in 1945, while serving as a captain in the Red Army, he was arrested...
  • Is Your God Scary?

    01/26/2013 7:59:29 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Blog & Mablog ^ | 1-25-13 | Douglas Wilson
    No one should be surprised at the announcement that women are now going to be serving in combat roles in the U.S. military. This has been heading toward us for a long time, and the only thing surprising about it is that so many people are surprised. Now the only thing that stands between your daughter and involuntary combat service is a determination by some president (or other) that we need to return to conscription, followed by one court decision. There are three points to be made about this in response. First, opposition to this monstrosity is a function of...
  • Going over the Moral Cliff

    01/24/2013 7:54:58 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 1-23-13 | Dr. Michael Youssef
    In my book, When the Crosses are Gone, I warn that when a culture abandons thinking and logic in favor of feelings and emotions, it is doomed to destruction. Although emotions are a very important part of the human psyche, when they control every aspect of life, morality becomes a victim. Today, there is widespread agreement that morality in America is deteriorating with breathtaking speed. On one hand, we face a belligerent and intimidating lobby that desires the breakdown of biblical morality. On the other hand, a docile public-as well as church leadership-is terrified to stand up for truth lest...
  • ‘Polyamory’: the next civil rights movement?

    10/30/2012 5:21:54 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 27 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10-29-12 | Kirsten Andersen
    They used to call them “swingers.” Not anymore. These days, like most “alternative lifestyle” groups, they’ve adopted a new, more clinical-sounding description – polyamorist – and incorporated it into the names of a small but growing number of advocacy and social networking organizations. As the battle over the true definition of marriage heats up nationwide, they want a place on the front line. Polyamorists now want a seat at the table of "equality" and "tolerance." “Polyamorist” means “lover of many,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Polyamorists maintain more than one sexual relationship at a time, with the full...
  • Woe to Those Who Call Evil Good, and Good Evil

    02/22/2012 8:52:21 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Alpha & Omega Ministries ^ | 2-20-12 | Dr. James R. White
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW81eEDsRfM&feature=player_embedded
  • Historic Comic Cover of the Day (Barf Alert)

    11/25/2011 1:36:03 PM PST · by massmike · 19 replies
    http://thedailywh.at ^ | 11/25/2011 | n/a
    After introducing its first openly gay character in September 2010, Archie Comics continues to lead the pack with the mainstream comic book world’s first same-sex marriage. Kevin Keller will marry his military sweetheart, Clay, in an upcoming issue of Life with Archie. The character is also set to star in a pioneering solo title starting this February. An interracial same-sex marriage between two soldiers in an Archie comic? The times are no longer a-changin’, they are a-changed.
  • Richard Nixon Tapes: Archie Bunker & homosexuality

    09/30/2011 8:34:26 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 13, 1971 | Richard M. Nixon
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TivVcfSBVSM
  • Why Young Americans Can't Think Morally

    09/20/2011 9:08:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 131 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | Sept. 20, 2011 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, David Brooks of The New York Times wrote a column on an academic study concerning the nearly complete lack of a moral vocabulary among most American young people. Below are some excerpts from Brooks' summary of the study of Americans aged 18 to 23. (It was led by "the eminent Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith.") "Smith and company asked about the young people's moral lives, and the results are depressing … "When asked to describe a moral dilemma they had faced, two-thirds of the young people either couldn't answer the question or described problems that are not moral...
  • Group of psychiatrists wants to redefine pedophilia to promote tolerance

    When I wrote about an objectionable spread of photographs in Paris Vogue – a spread that featured 10-year-old fashion model Thylane Blondeau styled in provocative ways — I fretted that such a magazine feature might, in some way, normalize the concept of sexual attraction to minors: "It’s often said, but bears repeating, that the TV, magazine and advertising images we absorb train our minds as to what is considered attractive — and, yes, specifically sexually attractive — in our culture. So, what does a magazine feature like this say? That it’s OK, even encouraged, to look at a child in...
  • Culture Challenge of the Week: "Damaging" Truth

    08/23/2011 2:11:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2011 | Rebecca Hagelin
    I'm penning this column from Australia where I was privileged to speak a few days ago at an event at Parliament House celebrating Australia's National Marriage Day. As in America, marriage in Australia is under attack by homosexual activists who seek to shoehorn their lifestyle choices into a shoe that will never fit: marriage. They want the law-and public opinion--to redefine marriage to include homosexual sex as something good, the moral equivalent of marital sexuality expressed by a husband and a wife. Pro-family Australians are blessed with charismatic leaders like MP's Bob Katter and Kevin Andrews, and pro-family advocate Babette...
  • Report: APA wants to destigmatize pedophilia

    08/22/2011 6:23:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    One News Now ^ | August 19, 2011 | Charlie Butts
    Several well-known researchers recently made unexpected arguments on pedophilia at an academic conference in Baltimore. Liberty Counsel Action's Matt Barber attended the conference and says he felt he was on a different planet, as the presenting professionals aimed to remove pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). That would mean that pedophilia would no longer be considered a mental disorder. "The entire focus of the event was on the victimhood of the pedophile," Barber accounts. There was "very little concern for the children who are the victims of these individuals when they...
  • NO, CHELY WRIGHT DID NOT GET MARRIED IN CONNECTICUT THIS WEEKEND

    08/21/2011 12:06:12 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 25 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 21, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    News reports on August 20, 2011 A.D. said that country singer Chely Wright was married to her girlfriend, Lauren Blitzer, at the bride’s – well, one of the brides’ – aunt’s house, because Connecticut allows gay marriage. So, if your source for the news is a marriage license duly issued by a government bureaucrat, or a People Magazine article online, then you can be forgiven for believing the story. It’s certainly likely that many of the two hundred guests believe it. But that doesn’t make it so. Now, I’m a huge fan of Chely Wright, as are most country music...
  • A Gay-Wedding Crasher [Homosexual Rights=Rights of Polygamists!]

    07/31/2011 2:47:45 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 112 replies
    LATimes ^ | July 30,2011
    <p>EDITORIAL A Gay-Wedding Crasher A law professor attempts to use a homosexual rights ruling to defend a polygamous family in Utah.</p> <p>In this file photo, (pic in URL) Kody Brown poses with his wives Janelle, Christine, Meri, and Robyn for TLC's reality TV show, "Sister Wives." The Browns' attorney, Jonathan Turley, filed a lawsuit challenging the Utah bigamy law that makes their lifestyle illegal.</p>
  • Rude Britannia {UK decline?}

    07/25/2011 12:31:29 AM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 23 July 2011 | John F Burns
    .....it has been left to the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, to suggest that the scandal has revealed something much broader, by depicting what has happened as a symptom of a wholesale corruption of values in Britain’s public and private life. .... a culture that engendered a “shirking of basic responsibility” from “top to bottom” in British life, that “sends the message that anything goes, that right and wrong don’t matter, that we can all be in it for ourselves as long as we can get away with it.”...And that will leave many in the country to ponder,.. three of my...
  • Homosexual Ideology, Satanic Pride

    07/03/2011 9:45:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Spero News ^ | 7/3/11 | Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
    June 11, 2011 saw one more parade to glorify the vice of homosexuality. Dubbed, Europride or Eurogaypride, it was held in Rome, once known as the Eternal City, the center of Catholicism. The expression, “homosexual pride” summarizes the essence of the homosexual ideology. Let us see how.Pride and revolt against God Sin is a revolt against the order established by God and, therefore, a revolt against the Creator Himself. The more this revolt becomes manifest, the greater is the sin. Man can sin out of weakness and feel shame for his sin and desire to make amends; or he...
  • Neil Patrick Harris Expecting Twins... (More GAY Insanity!)

    08/14/2010 9:11:33 PM PDT · by TaraP · 33 replies
    How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris is going to be a father. On Saturday (August 14), the dad-to-be tweeted the news that he and his longtime partner David Burtka are expecting twins. "So, get this: David and I are expecting twins this fall," Harris wrote on his Twitter page. "We're super excited/nervous/thrilled. Hoping the press can respect our privacy..." E! Online reports that the twins are due in October via a surrogate. Harris is facing fatherhood this fall but he also recently delivered another significant project. The actor and occasional awards show host directed a production of...
  • “Gay Rights” is an Oxymoron

    10/11/2009 1:35:12 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 6 replies · 582+ views
    Folks, a pretty busy weekend for “gay rights” activists. Currently, the so-called “National Equality Rally” is under way in Washington, D.C.; yesterday, President Obama, fresh from his Nobel Peace Prize win, addressed a meeting of the Human Rights Campaign, promising, among other things, the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that forces active homosexual persons to keep their sexual preference a private matter while serving in the military. The ban has been a favorite of presidents and politicians who have never served in the military and are clueless as to its inner social workings, yet are bent to...
  • Author Larry McMurtry sees the end of book culture (Interview)

    01/21/2009 8:54:08 AM PST · by mojito · 46 replies · 991+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 1/20/2009 | Fritz Lanham
    Novelist, essayist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry makes a rare Houston speaking appearance Wednesday night when he delivers the 2009 Friends of Fondren Library Distinguished Guest Lecture. Best-known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novelLonesome Dove, the 72-year-old McMurtry remains extraordinarily prolific. He contributes frequently to the New York Review of Books. His screenplay for Brokeback Mountain, co-written with Diana Ossana, won an Academy Award in 2006. And while he has turned in the last decade to memoir, chronicling his evolution as a writer and antiquarian-book dealer, he’s not done with fiction. His 29th novel hits bookstores later this year. McMurtry also continues...
  • South Park: Capturing America's Decline

    04/20/2008 11:14:21 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 50 replies · 173+ views
    Salon.com ^ | April 20th, 2008 | Heather Havrilesky
    In fact, the one good thing about being raised in a downward-spiraling country dominated by aggressive morons is that the comedy just keeps getting better and better. The very best comedies on TV, namely "The Office," "30 Rock" and "South Park," all get their comedy from the fact that you can't swing a clueless loser these days without hitting an ignorant asshole. Even my 12-year-old stepson, when I mentioned that I needed to watch "Big Brother 9," asked, "Is the house full of dumb butts again this year?" Indeed, in these unique socioeconomic times in American history, there will be...
  • Finland gunman suicide note found

    11/08/2007 2:56:13 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 24 replies · 95+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 11/08/2007 | news.bbc.co.uk
    Police in Finland have found a suicide note written by an 18-year-old student shortly before he went on a gun rampage at his school and killed eight people. Pekka-Eric Auvinen said goodbye to his family and explained his hatred towards society, the police said.
  • Leno Makes Wisest Paris Observation of the Day

    06/09/2007 6:37:24 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 85 replies · 5,517+ views
    Breitbart.tv ^ | 06/07/07 | Jay Leno
    Leno hits it on the head here. Click for video
  • The Ugly Side of the Omniculture

    12/20/2006 9:01:59 PM PST · by S. T. Karnick · 1 replies · 246+ views
    Karnick on Culture ^ | December 20, 2006 | S. T. Karnick
    Candace de Russy has provided a nicely informative article about the uglier side of the Omniculture, in today's edition of National Review Online. The American public square, de Russy notes, has been blitzed with what Gawker.com, a gossip website, calls “revulse-amusement” and misused for what columnist Andrea Peyser terms a “raunch-fest” — revelry calculated, according to the New York Times, to churn up waves of “ethical nausea.”After recounting some of the recent seamy media events, such as the O. J. Simpson book and Britney Spears' unfathomable exploits in public exhibitionism, de Russy notes that many of these occurrences are manifestations...
  • Man Allegedly Killed Roomate Over Toiletpaper

    02/21/2006 12:36:19 PM PST · by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American · 41 replies · 420+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Feb. 21 2006 | AP
    MOSS BLUFF, Fla. - A man accused of fatally beating his roommate with a sledgehammer and a claw hammer because there was no toilet paper in their home has been arrested. Franklin Paul Crow, 56, was charged Monday with homicide in the death of Kenneth Matthews, 58, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Capt. Thomas Bibb said Crow initially denied his involvement, but confessed during questioning.
  • Laura Bush’s Coming Out Party

    05/12/2005 8:18:19 AM PDT · by Sarah · 129 replies · 2,716+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 12, 2005 | Selwyn Duke
    Laura Bush’s Coming Out Party May 12th, 2005 Sometimes news stories share a common thread that’s invisible to most, one that’s invisible because it’s common to most. Last week there were a few such stories in the news, stories about events whose motivating spirits were kindred ones. One involves the latest developments in the case of Lynndie England, the infamous leash-girl who was found complicit in the abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib. Another involves a second hapless lass, Pvt. Deanna Allen, who was discharged from the army for getting down and dirty during a combat activity. That is,...
  • This Year's Nomination for AMALEK

    03/23/2005 4:55:46 PM PST · by Cinnamon Girl · 94 replies · 1,439+ views
    Cinnamon Girl
    Remember what Amalek did to you, on the way when you were leaving Egypt, that he happened upon you on the way, and he struck those of you who were hindmost, all the weaklings at your rear, when you were faint and exhausted, and he did not fear God. It shall be that when Hashem, your God, gives you rest from all your enemies all around, in the Land that Hashem, your God, gives you as an inheritance to possess it, you shall wipe out the memory of Amalek from under the heaven-- you shall not forget! -- Deuteronomy 25:...
  • The Triumph of the Swill

    10/04/2004 7:49:12 AM PDT · by Southside_Chicago_Republican · 9 replies · 358+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | October 1, 2004 | Christopher Orlet
    Last month the dominatrixes of the Federal Communications Commission spanked CBS with a $550,000 fine for broadcasting Mr. Justin Timberlake and Ms. Janet Jackson's Super Bowl halftime flash-dance routine. It was just one of many raunchy interludes during a remarkable broadcast that included horse-farting commercials, risqué impotency ads, and performances by the reliably vulgar Kid Rock, the crotch-clasping Nelly and a contingent of nubile strippers. Yet only the fleeting glimpse of Ms. Jackson's teat warranted a fine.... Most viewers, doubtless well-oiled by half-time, didn't blink an eye during the MTV-produced Raunch-Fest, so saturated are we with coarseness and vulgarity in...
  • Quick Facts on Legal Marriage for Same Sex Couples (Do you believe this?)

    03/07/2004 4:34:17 PM PST · by lsilver5 · 11 replies · 324+ views
    Quick Facts on Legal Marriage for Same-Sex Couples by Demian © September 2003, Demian Partners Task Force for Gay & Lesbian Couples Box 9685 Seattle, WA 98109-0685 206-935-1206 demian@buddybuddy.com www.buddybuddy.com The Netherlands became the first country in the world to offer legal marriage to same-sex couples on April 1, 2001. [Please see our article: Netherlands Offers Legal Marriage] And Belgium became the second on January 30, 2003. [Please see: Belgium Offers Legal Marriage] The Canadian province of Ontario became the third government in the world, on June 10, 2003, and British Columbia became the fourth, on July 8, 2003, to...
  • An Open Letter To Hollywood

    02/03/2004 8:50:03 AM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 6 replies · 198+ views
    The Reality Check ^ | 03 February 2004 | John Alvarez
    Dear Hollywood: You have to admit, 2003 was a pivotal year for our great country. We saw a major shift, albeit a negative one, in world attitude towards America. Much of this is centers around our efforts to protect America from the threat of terrorism. However, we cannot downplay your role in the rise of anti-Americanism, not only around the globe, but here in America as well. In 2003 many of you took sides against our country by either signing leftist statements of conscience that were critical of our actions, marching alongside anti-war protesters, or badmouthing the current administration. By...
  • Misguided Mission

    12/19/2003 6:40:14 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 24 replies · 305+ views
    King Features Syndicate, Inc. ^ | 12-19-03 | Reese, Charley
    Misguided Mission It's clear that the president's brain is occupied by the neoconservatives who surround him. It's clear from their writings and policy statements that the neoconservatives believe the United States can become the dominant power on Earth. This is a bad judgment that is dangerous and could become lethal. This is why thoughtful people believe it is imperative to defeat George Bush in the 2004 elections. This wrongheaded policy, cooked up by academics and journalists, is not one that will merely embarrass the United States. It is a wrongheaded policy that could have dire consequences for the American people....
  • How to Ruin American Enterprise

    12/16/2002 11:36:34 AM PST · by tdadams · 46 replies · 1,234+ views
    Forbes Magazine ^ | December 13, 2002 | Ben Stein
    We're well on our way to squelching what gives this country an edge. What would it take to kill innovation altogether? As a casual observer of what makes this country work and what stops it cold, I hereby offer a few suggestions on how we can ruin American competitiveness and innovation in the course of this century. I think the reader will agree with me that we are already far down the road on many of them: 1) Allow schools to fall into useless decay. Do not teach civics or history except to describe America as a hopelessly fascistic,...
  • Come Back to the Five and Dime, Snoop Doggy Dogg: The Perils of Postmodernism

    11/01/2002 11:55:01 AM PST · by Apolitical · 22 replies · 553+ views
    The Iconoclast ^ | Unknown | William E Grim
    Come Back to the Five and Dime, Snoop Doggy Dogg: The Perils of Postmodernismby William Grim Contributing Editor, Iconoclast (www.iconoclast.ca) I was recently in the J.C. Penney's store at the Tuttle Creek Mall in Columbus, Ohio shopping for some trousers. Now, clothes shopping is one of those activities -- like root canals and remarriage -- that I try to avoid if at all possible. The "shopping experience" has become more miserable of late because American retailers seem to believe that no one will buy clothes except to the accompaniment of Eurotechno or rap music screeching out of speakers at something...
  • "S--t!" On Network TV, Another Taboo Falls, but Nobody Notices

    06/30/2002 11:55:30 AM PDT · by mrustow · 256 replies · 1,400+ views
    A Different Drummer ^ | 2 July 2002 | Nicholas Stix
    Although dramatically brilliant, the May 9 episode of TV's ER, in which star Anthony Edwards bade farewell to the series he had anchored for eight years, had Edwards utter a four-letter word, the use of which was yet another blow to civilized standards in broadcasting.